UTUSAN Malaysia carried an article on a 20-year-old student hairstylist who allegedly swallowed 100 relaxant pills after she was disappointed that she failed to manage her weight. She then became unconscious and died.
Chong Siew May, 20, from Triang, Pahang, was believed to have lost consciousness at 8pm last Friday and was pronounced dead at 2am on Monday at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH), where she was being treated.
A family member told Utusan that before taking the relaxants, Chong had taken ecstasy pills when her friend told her they could help her lose weight.
Chong's mother rushed her to a clinic in Triang after she was found unconscious and later to Mentakab Hospital.
Mentakab Hospital transferred Chong to KLH on Sunday after she failed to regain consciousness.
On another matter, Bukit Aman traffic police chief Datuk Gingkoi Seman Pancras believes that something is not right with the East Coast Expressway after more than 150 accidents occurred since it opened two months ago.
He told Utusan Malaysia that a study carried out by Pahang traffic police found that several sections along the expressway could cause fatal accidents and crashes. He said the locations where accidents were often reported were between the 90th and 131st kilometres of the highway, near Lancang and Temerloh.
Our studies and records show that in Temerloh district alone, there have been 47 accidents since the highway opened. From this, 36 cases were reported between kilometres 90 and 131.
Even if it cannot be denied that accidents occur due to human error and speeding, we cannot ignore factors like road conditions, he said.
He was commenting on the accident in which Kidin Mohamad, 82, was killed after he was flung out of an ambulance, which crashed at the 187th kilometre of the highway near Kuantan on Sunday.
Berita Harian reported that an eight-year-old girl sustained injuries on her face and eyes when she was hit by sparks from a meriam buluh (bamboo cannon) at Felcra Sungai Ara, about 42km from Kota Tinggi.
Suliana Misnan, who complained of having visual problems and eye pain, was taken to Kota Tinggi Hospital and later referred to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital eye specialist unit in Johor Baru on Monday morning.
She is the first reported victim of firecracker-related accidents during this festive season.
The daily also said several state Puteri Umno chiefs are expected to be dropped and replaced with new faces during the wing's executive council revamp to be announced by its chief Noraini Ahmad this Friday.
Noraini confirmed that there would be several changes, saying she would hold discussions and get the blessings of state Umno liaison chairmen before deciding on the final list.